These wide-ranging stories take us from Sophiatown in the Drum era to the rural Eastern Cape to the luxury Jozi homes of present-day tenderpreneurs. By turns poignant, raunchy, philosophical and funny, they cast a wry and astute eye on universal human questions and conundrums presented by our particular historical moment.
“This impressive collection of fiction, with its sardonic title, is the work of a gifted storyteller...Mahala inventively recasts settings and figures in Can Themba’s story ‘The Suit’, to direct new probing light on aspects of masculine culture glossed over by fiction of the 1950s. Tales of early adulthood in urban and rural settings absorbingly narrate life from innocence to experience... Written fluently and deftly, they are laced with wit, humour and satire; testimony to an incisive, thoughtful! and refined literary talent.”
–ANDRIES WALTER OLIPHANT
“It tells unforgettable stories that invite many readings... because with yet another pleasure of reading. aesthetic insight accumulates. I love these well-crafted stories. and welcome a new talent in Siphiwo Mahala, who knows how to affirm his world.”
–NJABULO S. NDEBELE